A baby green shoot growing from the Earth representing Imbolc and new life.

What is Imbolc?

Embracing the Light Within

As we find ourselves at the threshold of February, a subtle shift in energy takes place in the natural world, marking the celebration of Imbolc. In the realm of yoga mindfulness and connection with the cycles of nature are fundamental. And this Celtic festival holds a special place in my heart.

I often find inspiration in the symbiotic relationship between the natural world and our inner landscapes. Imbolc, also known as Brigid’s Day, falls halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is a time when the days begin to lengthen, and the Earth begins to awaken from its Winter slumber. It serves as a reminder that Winter is nearing its end and Spring is coming. You can feel it in the air as it beckons us to witness the tender shoots pushing though the soil, mirroring the inner awakening that unfolds within us.

Embracing the Returning Light

Just as the Earth starts to stir with the promise of spring, Imbolc invites us to embrace the returning light within ourselves. In yoga, we often speak of the inner light or divine spark that resides in each being. This is a time to kindle that inner flame, allowing it to grow and illuminate the path to self-discovery. At this time, we feel the seeds of Spring beginning to stir, bringing new energy and inspiration.

Consider incorporating more sun salutations into your practice, allowing the movements to symbolise the rising sun and the warmth returning to both your body and soul.

Cultivating Renewal and Purification

Imbolc is associated with Brigid, the Celtic goddess of healing, poetry, and fertility. In the yogic tradition, purification is an essential aspect of the journey towards self-realisation. This season encourages us to release anything which is holding us back or which is not working for our highest and greatest good, making space for growth and renewal. This is the perfect time to pause and to feel into how we are growing, who we are becoming and how we can truly align to our centre, essence and core of our being.

As we honour our wintering and hibernation and all we have learnt through this season, now is a time to tune into the manifestation potential that the re-emergence of Spring brings with it. We can begin to move into our heart space. Our heart, our Anahata Chakra (meaning unstuck)  represents Love, Kindness, Compassion, and Courage and is governed by the element of Air. Air represents space and feeling the infinite. It’s the door to our inner temple, our soul, our infinite, where we transcend ourselves and the world.

This can be a powerful way to align with the natural forces of rejuvenation during Imbolc.

Nurturing Seeds of Intention

As we witness the first signs of life returning to the Earth, Imbolc becomes an opportune moment to plant the seeds of intention for the coming season. In yoga, setting intentions or San Kalpas is a potent way to direct our energy and focus towards personal and spiritual growth.

During your practice, take a few moments in stillness to reflect on the intentions you wish to cultivate. Write them down in a journal- in the present tense and revisit them throughout the season, nurturing them as you would a tender shoot emerging from the soil.

Connecting with Nature

Imbolc beckons us to connect with the natural world, acknowledging our interconnectedness with all living things. In yoga philosophy, this interconnectedness is a fundamental principle known as “yoga” itself. A union of mind, body, and spirit with the greater whole.

Consider taking your yoga practice outdoors, whether it’s a simple grounding meditation in a nearby park or a full asana sequence under the open sky. Feel the Earth beneath you, listen to the whispers of the wind, and attune yourself to the rhythm of nature.

As we immerse ourselves in the significance of Imbolc, let us embrace this season of awakening with open hearts and receptive minds. Just as the earth undergoes a gentle transformation, so too can our yoga practice. As it guide us through a journey of self-discovery, renewal, and connection with the divine.

May the returning light illuminate your path and inspire you to blossom into the fullest expression of your true self. Happy Imbolc, my loves.

If you’d like more information on Imbolc please contact me or book here to practise with me in Marlow, Twickenham and online.

With love

Anney xx

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